Gary Cole and Laura Dern with other cast members rehearsing for If All The Sky Were Paper - photo by Emil Petrinic
Gary Cole and Laura Dern rehearsing for If All The Sky Were Paper - photo by Emil Petrinic
Karl Marlantes speaks to the audience about his NYT bestseller, 'What it is like to go to War', at the UCLA event presented by Cal Humanities and USVAA - photo by Emil Petrinic
Karl Marlantes speaks to the audience about his NYT bestseller, 'What it is like to go to War', at the UCLA event presented by Cal Humanities and USVAA - photo by Emil Petrinic
Photo by Emil Petrinic
Senator Ted Lieu (Lt. Col., USAF Reserve) listens to Joe Gardner reading his poetry at the USVAA Lantern House fundraiser - photo by Andrew Galves
Senator Ted Lieu (Lt. Col., USAF Reserve) listens to Joe Gardner reading his poetry at the USVAA Lantern House fundraiser - photo by Andrew Galves
Recognition of November 1st as Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Day in Los Angeles County by Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Mike Antonovich and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors - photo by Joan Pahoyo
Recognition of November 1st as Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Day in Los Angeles County by Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Mike Antonovich and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors - photo by Joan Pahoyo
The Last Sunday at USVAA with Lorna Duyn, Bobby Strahan, Otto Sturcke, Joe Gardner, Jerry Della Salla and Sam Spade
The Last Sunday at USVAA with Lorna Duyn, Bobby Strahan, Otto Sturcke, Joe Gardner, Jerry Della Salla and Sam Spade
Panel discussion at Los Angeles Public Library following the screening of 'Service' moderated by Michael Rose - photo by Keith Jeffreys
Panel discussion at Los Angeles Public Library following the screening of 'Service' moderated by Michael Rose - photo by Keith Jeffries
The complete Tracers cast at USVAA; James Bane, Dan Bridges, Christopher De Vinny, Terrence Edwards, Jonathan Doc Farrow, Juliez Frazier, Jaimyon Parker, Trevor Scott - photo by Emil Petrinic
Tracers at USVAA - photo by Emil Petrinic
Artwork by Teri McCans
Artwork by Teri McCans
Tracers at USVAA; Chris De Vinny and Jaimyon Parker - photo by Emil Petrinic
Tracers at USVAA - photo by Emil Petrinic
Tracers Opening Night at USVAA; James Bane, Dan Bridges, Christopher De Vinny, Terrence Edwards, Jonathan Doc Farrow, Juliez Frazier, Jaimyon Parker, Trevor Scott, John DiFusco and many others - photo by Emil Petrinic
Tracers Opening Night at USVAA - photo by Emil Petrinic
The Soldier's Project Art About War Exhibit - Dr. Judith Broder, Keith Jeffreys and participating artists
The Soldier's Project Art About War Exhibit - Dr. Judith Broder, Keith Jeffreys and participating artists
The Soldier's Project Art About War Exhibit - artwork by Joseph Umali Fernandez
The Soldier's Project Art About War Exhibit - artwork by Joseph Umali Fernandez
Artwork by Alexa Sherwood
Artwork by Alexa Sherwood
Keith Jeffreys, John Difusco, Terrence Edwards and Trevor Scott at the USVAA screening of Brayden Yoder's film Breakdown
Keith Jeffreys, John Difusco, Terrence Edwards and Trevor Scott at the USVAA screening of Brayden Yoder's film Breakdown - photo by Stephen Boskin
Keith Jeffreys and USVAA at LA City Hall - Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Recognition Day
Keith Jeffreys and USVAA at LA City Hall
Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Recognition Day
Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Day with Christopher Sweeney and USVAA Artists
Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Day with Christopher Sweeney and USVAA Artists
Photo by Tish Lampert
Veterans Day 2011 - photo by Emil Petrinic
Veterans Day 2011 - photo by Emil Petrinic
Michael Naranjo at work
Michael Naranjo at work
Artwork by Trevor Denham
Artwork by Trevor Denham
Veterans Day 2011; TJ Brady speaking - photo by Emil Petrinic
Veterans Day 2011; TJ Brady speaking - photo by Emil Petrinic
Shawna Mayo Barnes at her potters wheel
Shawna Mayo Barnes at her potters wheel
Soldiers Project 2012 - photo by Emil Petrinic
Soldiers Project 2012 - photo by Emil Petrinic
Veterans Day 2011; Lorna Duyn and Dave Carter - photo by Emil Petrinic
Veterans Day 2011; Lorna Duyn and Dave Carter - photo by Emil Petrinic
Veterans Day 2011; William Lansford and Christopher Sweeney - photo by Emil Petrinic
Veterans Day 2011; William Lansford and Christopher Sweeney - photo by Emil Petrinic
Photography by Brian Rock
Photography by Brian Rock
Mixed Media Artwork by Jonas Lara
Mixed Media Artwork by Jonas Lara
Photography by Chase Steely
Photography by Chase Steely
Staged reading of OVER HERE by Christopher Franciosa
Staged reading of OVER HERE by Christopher Franciosa
Photo by Emil Petrinic
Tracy Letts' BUG featuring Maribeth Monroe and Christopher Sweeney
Tracy Letts' BUG featuring Maribeth Monroe and Christopher Sweeney
Ehren Tool's ceramic cups
Ehren Tool's ceramic cups
Ehren Tool's ceramic cups
Ehren Tool's ceramic cups

 

 


The Last Sunday:
An Evening of Poetry and Art

 

THE LAST SUNDAY is a monthly poetry and story telling event, where veterans and civilians come together to share their art at the USVAA theater in Culver City. It is produced by Joe Gardner and Jerry Della Salla and their production team -- Bobby Strahan, Robert Rodriguez, Jennifer Gardner and Sam Spade.

 

Previous performances have been a great success and we continue looking forward to continue featuring this program monthly.

For more information and updates about upcoming performances please visit the show's Facebook page or contact us via email or call (310) 559-2116.


CAL HUMANITIES: WAR COMES HOME

The USVAA is proud to be working with Cal Humanities on their "War Comes Home" documentary project.



In 2014 Cal Humanities is embarking on a multi-year initiative focused on the experience of veterans returning from war. War Comes Home will create opportunities for communities across California to grapple with critical questions in the aftermath of over a dozen years of war.

War Comes Home will include hundreds of activities throughout California. These events will bring communities together with veterans and their families, writers, and historians to explore how California is welcoming its veterans home.


VISIT THEIR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION

"The artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history."
- Robert Rauschenberg, Veteran, U.S.N.

“Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”
- Julia Child, Veteran, O.S.S., WWII

"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.
So do it."

- Kurt Vonnegut, Veteran, U.S. Army, WWII

United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance (USVAA) is a 501 (c) 3, non-profit, multi-disciplinary arts organization composed of a diverse group of dynamic, extraordinarily talented military veterans and artists located across the United States.

Founded in 2004, USVAA seeks to open doors for military veterans to work and thrive in America’s creative economy by providing opportunities in the arts, humanities and entertainment industry. With a solid track record of programming excellence in place, USVAA works tirelessly with veterans, artists, supportive individuals and organizations within the arts and veterans’ communities to find funding and support for individual and collaborative projects in photography, literature, theater, film, television, fine arts and a wide variety of crafts.

In addition to our work with veterans and artists, we strive first and foremost to highlight the talents of military veterans and the history of veterans who have made significant contributions to the arts and humanities since the Revolutionary War. To date we have compiled biographical information on the over 550 military veterans who have made significant contributions to the arts and humanities since the founding of the United States.

As spokespersons in the veteran’s community and in our endeavors as artists, we work diligently to highlight issues of concern to veterans and their families. These issues include the transition from military to civilian life, education, employment, the effects of wartime and military service injuries such as PTSD, TBI and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and homelessness among veterans.

For more information about our work please visit our ABOUT PAGE.

USVAA is a non-partisan organization dedicated to supporting veterans in the arts, humanities and the entertainment industry. We do not engage in electoral politics. USVAA's endorsements of political candidates, votes and propositions are limited to issues that affect veterans and the arts. Our board members and the artists associated with USVAA are a diverse group that reflects the wide variety of beliefs held among veterans. Their individual opinions and/or political activities should not be construed as reflecting positions held by USVAA.

 

PAST EVENTS

 

CALIFORNIA READS: War Comes Home As part of Cal Humanities War Comes Home initiative, Cal Humanities and USVAA presented a talk and audience Q & A with Karl Marlantes, author of "Matterhorn" and " What It Is Like to Go to War" at UCLA's DeNeve Plaza Auditorium November 16th 2014. It was our honor and pleasure to spend some time with Mr. Marlantes and share his insights in the veteran experience.


IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER (2014 production) written by Andrew Carroll and based on his bestselling books of military letters “War Letters” and “Behind the Lines”, directed by John Benitz and presented by Chapman University, in association with Lexicat Artists and USVAA.

Read the BROADWAY WORLD article about it.


Celluloid Soldiers: Veterans through Hollywood's Lens at the Los Angeles Public Library, part of an ongoing Cal Humanities program: War Comes Home.


TRACERS conceived by John DiFusco, written by the original cast: Vincent Caristi, Richard Chaves, John DiFusco, Eric E. Emerson, Rick Gallavan, Merlin Marston and Harry Stephens with Sheldon Lettich; directed by John DiFusco; starring James Bane, Dan Bridges, Terrence Edwards, Chris DeVinny, Jonathan "Doc" Farrow, Juliez Frazier, Jaimyon Parker and Trevor Scott.

Read the LA TIMES and LA WEEKLY reviews.


THE LONG WAY HOME: Reflections on the Tracers Journey written and performed by John DiFusco with A.L. Keith on percussion; directed by John Perin Flynn.

Read the BACKSTAGE review.


A PATHWAY HOME
The Soldiers Project Presents "A Pathway Home" | National Conference June 8-10, 2012. On Saturday June 9th USVAA representatives will be leading a panel discussion on the arts.

 

VETERANS' VOX 365
Veterans honoring the literary works of veterans, accompanied by displays of fine art by veteran artists. November 2010 - November 2011


BUG by Tracy Letts; directed by Keith Jeffreys; starring, Christopher Sweeney (Veteran, U.S.M.C.) Heidi Brook Myers (Veteran, U.S. Army), Maribeth Monroe, Skip Pipo, Casey Sullivan and Manfred Hofer.

Read the LA WEEKLY review.


April Fitzsimmons' Veterans Writing Workshop at USVAA 2010-11 (Poets and Writers' Grant)

SHAKESPEARE and VETERANS, our annual free Shakespeare Program 2008 to 2010: TWELFTH NIGHT, CORIOLANUS, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, and OTHELLO. (City of Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Grants and City Council reserve funds).

The CULVER CITY SLAM! with Nation of Improv Improv Night presented once monthly, produced by Air Force Veteran Dave Carter, 2005 - 2011

DEBRIEFING Vietnam Veterans' Photography Gallery October-November 11th 2006

CUSTER October, November 2007

Air Force Veteran April Fitzsimmons' THE NEED TO KNOW at the Kirk Douglas theater, August 2nd, 2008. (City of Culver City Cultural Affairs/Kirk Douglas Theater Grant)

DEBRIEFING Chicago National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum May-November 11th 2008

USMC Veteran Christopher Sweeney's gallery exhibit DISARMED with THE ZOO STORY, featuring Christopher Sweeney